Sunday, 9 March 2014

Correct pronunciation

Friday, July 12, 2013

Correct pronunciation for some other words pronounced wrongly:

   1.    Already       ஆல்ரெடி / (आल्रेडी)
2.    Bear        பேர் / /बेर /
3.    Beer              பியர் /बियर /
4.    Charismatic    க்æரிஸ்ம்æடிக் /kærizmætik/ (æ-       pronounced as the 'a' in 'cat')
5.    Clerk       கிளார்க் /क्लार्क
6.    Gestures          ஜெஸ்ச்சர்ஸ் /जेस्चर्स
7.    Ggigantic     ஜைக்æ ண்டிக் / जैगæन्टिक
8.    Gynecologist கைனகாலஜிஸ்ட்/ गैनकालजिस्ट
9.    Hair        ஹேய(ர்) / हेय(र) 
10.  Heir                எய(ர்) / एय(र)
11.  Jewellery      ஜுவெல்ரி / जुवेल्री
12.  Personnel     பர்ஸனேல் / पेर्सनेल
13.  Quay       கீ / की
14.  Receipt        சீட் / रिसीट
15.  Sew         ஸோ / सो
16.  Sour       ஸவ(ர்)  /सव (र)
17.  Subtle         ஸட்ல் / सटल
18.  Suite        स्वीट / ஸ்வீட்
19.  Target          டார்கிட் / टार्गिट
20.  Technology டெக்னாலஜி   / टेक्नालजि
21.  Tier        டிய(ர்) / टिय(र)
22.  Wear              வேர் / वेर

There is no great relationship between the spellings and pronunciation in English. English alphabet is not phonetic like the Indian alphabets. One letter stands for many sounds and many letters stand for one sound.

Moreover, English has borrowed words from innumerablelanguages and it has accepted them without much change and without much thought.

This causes a problem in the pronunciation. When one reads a lot and relentlessly tries to pronounce correctly, this problem ceases to exist. The online dictionaries are a blessing. Whenever you come across a new word, or have a doubt in the pronunciation of a known word, you can listen to the correct pronunciation and learn it.

* What is the singular form of ‘you’?

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